Papa John’s worker arrested for allegedly faking $1,300 knifepoint holdup; and at touch of a button, KFC manager foils armed robbery

The latest crime news across the world of 48,000 restaurants.*

Crime scene tapeIn Deland, Fla., about 41 miles north of Orlando, an employee was jailed yesterday after being arrested on a grand theft charge for faking a robbery at a Papa John’s early yesterday morning, according to news reports.

A dozen deputies and officers from the DeLand Police Department, plus a K-9 unit and a sheriff’s office helicopter responded to a 911 call at 1:30 a.m. from Justin Miller, a night-shift manager at the restaurant at 1129 N. Woodland Blvd.

Miller, 24, claimed he was robbed by a man armed with a pocketknife outside the back of the restaurant as he was closing for the night, authorities said, according to the Orlando Sentinel. He told cops the robber took two deposit bags with $1,332 inside.

“He was maybe a couple inches taller than me,” Miller told 911 dispatchers. “I couldn’t really tell. It looked like he was wearing all black clothes — maybe a hoodie and a ball cap. I couldn’t see his face.”

Justin Miller

Authorities searched the area for about 40 minutes, but couldn’t find a robber, said the Daytona Beach News-Journal. Growing suspicious, they reinterviewed Miller. He began showing signs of deception, the newspaper said, and finally told deputies there was no robbery. He then led deputies to an outside chimney house where he removed a cement block and pulled out the missing money.

In addition to grand theft, Miller was also charged with giving false information to law enforcement and making a false report of a crime. He was being held at the Volusia County Branch Jail after being booked in what looks like his Papa John’s uniform.


In Rockford, Ill., a man entered a KFC restaurant at 1502 Kilburn Ave. through a side door at about 5 p.m. yesterday, then stood by one of the cash registers, unnoticed by employees in the back.

Alerted by a banging noise, one female employee came to the front, where she was confronted by the suspect, who pointed a small black handgun at her.

“The suspect demanded the employee open the register and put the money in a white bag he was carrying,” according to the Register-Star newspaper. But she couldn’t open the register because she didn’t have a key.

Seeing what was happening, the manager pushed an alarm to alert police. The suspect, later described as 6 feet tall, then fled.

* Yum has 43,000 KFCs, Pizza Huts and Taco Bells in nearly 140 countries; Papa John’s has 4,900 in 37 countries, and Texas Roadhouse has 485 restaurants in five countries. With that many locations, crimes inevitably will occur — with potentially serious legal consequences for the companies.

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